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Indian judges call former Church of England vicar Jonathan Robinson to face abuse claims in court

Sat 21 Nov 2015
By Aaron James

Judges in India have called for a former Church of England vicar to stand trial over claims he sexually abused a 15-year-old boy in the country twice.

According to the Daily Mail, Revd Jonathan Robinson is accused of abusing the boy in hostels in the Indian capital Delhi in 2011. The boy was under Mr Robinson's care at a children's home in Vallioor, south India, which he founded in 1998.

The home was part of The Grail Trust UK, a British charity also founded by Mr Robinson. In a career of more than forty years, Revd Robinson worked at churches in London, Surrey, Bath and Herefordshire before his retirement from that form of ministry in 2001.

He left the country for Wales before Indian authorities could issue an arrest warrant for him, and has since been on an Interpol "wanted" list.

Indian judges have decided to lift this status however, in the hope that Revd Robinson will return to India to stand trial.

Mr Justice Kirubakaran said: "When child sex abuse is universal and many innocent children are becoming victims, the fight against child abuse has to be fought with the cooperation of all countries by unified action."

Revd Jonathan Robinson has previously completely denied all claims that he abused the child and that he has always fully cooperated with authorities in England and Wales. He did not comment this week at the lifting of his wanted status.

The Church of England has said it could not comment at this stage of proceedings.

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